Tourism boost as charity gets money for Doncaster trip

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A charity which provides holidays and day trips for vulnerable people has received a grant to help fund its annual Christmas break for adults with disabilities.

AMS Holidays secured £1000 from Cestria Community Housing’s County Durham Community Foundation and will use the money for a three-night break in December.

The charity is based in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, but has chosen Doncaster as its destination, which will provide a further boost to the town’s tourism, which saw a major increase last year.

Michelle Raymond, chairwoman of AMS Holidays, said: “The holidays and activities we provide offer this group of people a chance to enjoy trips and experiences which would normally be difficult for them to access.

“The ‘Christmas Turkey and Tinsel Weekend’ is always one of the most popular excursions of the year and is thoroughly enjoyed by those who attend.

“The cash grant from the County Durham Community Foundation is going to be a big help towards the cost of the trip.”

Christine Scott, head of corporate services at Cestria, added: “AMS Holidays do a sterling job and provide wonderful experiences for all those they take on short breaks or day trips.

“We hope this grant will make the group’s annual Christmas trip as successful as it has been in previous years.”

The money will be used to help pay for the 30-strong group’s accommodation, plus craft activities, a Christmas dinner, and trips to Tropical World and Aero Venture.

Around 1.4 million people visited Doncaster in 2013/14, an increase of 14.6% from last year.